My nav, tactician, and I are all over 50, we know better.
The rest of the crew are between 30 and 40, so old enough to know better, but still young enough to do it.
We ran…ahem…afoul of that nasty bottom paint last year with the prep work. It took 4 of us a solid 12 hours just to prep. We scraped and feathered the loose spots and sanded the entire bottom just to smooth it out and make sure we had a good surface for the new paint. We had 2 variable speed random orbital sanders going at it, the other two hand sanded. That had to be the most miserable 12 hours I’ve ever spent doing anything.
Hadn’t thought of having someone blast it. I’ve got a couple of contacts there in the marina, I’ll see if one of them can hook me up with a pro.
I gave brief thought to using a stripper, but figured she’d complain too much.
Gave just a little more thought to using a paint stripper, don’t know how that would react with the gel coat though, I’m sure the marina wouldn’t look favorably on it either.